• Nicolette Scorsese gained fame for her role in the 1989 movie “A Christmas Vacation.”
  • She transitioned from modeling to acting, with early TV roles in “The A-Team” and “Charles in Charge.”
  • Nicolette appeared in films like “Aspen Extreme” and “Boxing Helena” and in the TV series “NYPD Blue” during the 1990s.
  • Known for her private life, she has been linked romantically with several celebrities including Antonio Sabato Jr. and Sean Penn.
  • Post-acting, Nicolette leads a low-profile life with a net worth of around $3 million as of 2024.

Who is Nicolette Scorsese?

Born on 6 January 1954, at an unspecified location in the United States, under the earth sign of Capricorn, Nicolette Scorsese is a 70-year-old American actress and model. She rose to fame thanks to the iconic 1989 Christmas movie “A Christmas Vacation”, which later became a cult classic and is still being aired during the holidays, every year. This role opened the doors of Hollywood to Nicolette, but she failed to become one of the industry’s household names, instead also appearing in a number of commercials and campaigns for several big brands.

Nicolette Scorsese

Early Life and Education

Even though she was one of the brighter stars in the mid-to-late 1980s, there is not much information about her early life, nor about her mom or dad. Given the fact that her name is Scorsese, her parents are probably somewhere in Southern Italy or they have Italian ancestry. It’s also worth mentioning that, despite the rarity of their last name, Nicolette and Martin Scorsese are not related; the famous director’s parents are from Palermo, Sicily, where the surname Scorsese is quite common. Both of them have dealt with questions about one another, but have always denied being related with a smile on their faces. In fact, no credible sources can give us a glimpse of Nicolette’s true ethnicity. She herself has always been hesitant to reveal anything about her private life, which is a sign that she always wanted to be professional and focus on her work.

Full NameNicolette Scorsese
Known ForActing in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, modeling
ProfessionActress, Model
OccupationFormer Actress, Model
Date of BirthJanuary 6, 1954
Age70 years old (as of 2024)
Zodiac SignCapricorn
Hair ColorBlond (Natural), Light Brown (Dyed)
Eye ColorBlue
Height5 feet 10 inches (178 cm)
Weight143 lbs (65 kg)
Net WorthApproximately $3 million
Notable Works“The A-Team”, “Charles in Charge”, “Perfect Victims”, “Aspen Extreme”, “Boxing Helena”, “Girls in Prison”, “NYPD Blue”
Relationship StatusSingle (as of the last known information)
Past RelationshipsAntonio Sabato Jr., Jellybean Benitez, Billy Duffy, Sean Penn
Rumored ChildrenPossibly a daughter named Shiloh (with Billy Duffy, unconfirmed)

Career Beginnings: Modeling and Her First Contact With Acting

Nicolette started off as a model – her slender build and unique physiognomy opened up a world of professional opportunities for her. Several big fashion brands hired her to market their products and appear in expensive commercials and national campaigns. She became moderately famous because of this exposure, which inspired her to pick up acting. Her first role was not a small one, as she played the part of Cindy in two episodes of the hit 1980s TV action show “The A-Team”, alongside Mr. T. The series depicts the story of a group of Vietnam veterans who have been wrongly accused of war crimes, and while on the run from the authorities, they help those in need. Her role was praised by critics and she soon went on to appear in “Charles in Charge” as Louise, in the episode “American Teen”. In 1988, she made her film debut in “Perfect Victims” as Melissa Cody. This streak of small, but still excellently executed roles prepared Nicolette for her big break in the entertainment industry.

More Success: Christmas Vacation and the 1990s

Nicolette achieved a pivotal moment in her career back in 1989 when she secured the role of Mary in the beloved Christmas classic, “Christmas Vacation.” This iconic comedy follows the misadventures of a family attempting to enjoy a holiday getaway, only to be thwarted by a series of hilarious mishaps. Despite its age, nearing three decades since its release, the film remains a staple of holiday programming, gracing television screens every December without fail. Its enduring popularity is evident in its impressive financial performance, raking in over $70 million in box office revenue against a modest $25 million budget. Having established herself in the 1980s, Nicolette found even greater consistency in the following decade. Throughout the 1990s, she graced the screen in notable films like “Aspen Extreme” and “Boxing Helena,” earning acclaim from fans. Expanding her repertoire, she ventured into short films, delivering memorable performances in productions such as “Long Greases” and “The Waiter.”

Sudden Disappearance

Even though Nicolette wasn’t a big household name, she still had a steady career with constant offers. In the mid-1990s, she appeared on “Rebel Highway”, “L.A. Law”, “Girls in Prison” and “NYPD Blue”. In 2000, she returned to “NYPD Blue”, playing a different role in one of the later seasons. However, this is the last acting credit to her name. For the last 19+ years, there is no information about her whereabouts, occupation or anything else. She seemingly faded away after a string of good roles. Some movie industry experts have speculated that she gave up on acting because she is running a successful business, but these are just rumors. Others have stated that she simply got tired of the Hollywood drama and that she needed to get out. It’s a real possibility when you think about it.

Where is She Now?

Despite avoiding public appearances, several people have claimed to have seen her attending art exhibitions and gala parties in Los Angeles. Other reports state that she is a socialite, but that she invests in businesses on a regular basis.

Personal Life: Does Nicolette Scorsese Have a Boyfriend or a Husband?

There is no conclusive information about Nicolette’s relationship status, as she has been out of the public eye for almost two decades. We do know, however, that she was involved with a couple of men during the 1980s and 1990s. When Nicolette was a model, she met Antonio Sabato Jr. and the two dated for a couple of years. She was also in a relationship with Jellybean Benitez, and with Billy Duffy, a member of The Cult, literally a cult rock band. Even though neither she nor Billy confirmed that they were dating, they were seen together on a number of occasions. It was also rumored that they had a daughter named Shiloh together, but again – neither of them wanted to comment on the situation. One relationship of hers which garnered a lot of attention was with a young Sean Penn. This was a surprise for her, but not for Sean, as he has a long track record of dating his “co-workers”. They even appeared together at the First Annual International Rock Awards in 1989, at New York State Armory.

Nicolette Scorsese

Body Measurements: How Tall is Nicolette Scorsese?

Nicolette Scorsese is 5ft 10in (178cm) and weighs around 143lbs (65kg). When she was a model, her vital statistics were 35-23-34. She has blond hair and blue eyes. She’s seen in photos with brown hair and brown eyes but this is all thanks to ‘Hollywood magic’ – colored eye contacts and hair dye.

What is Nicolette Scorsese’s Net Worth?

According to several credible sources, Nicolette Scorsese has a net worth of around $3 million, as of 2024. She accumulated this wealth through a myriad of roles in movies and TV shows in the 1980s and 1990s. There is no information about her current projects, so we can’t say for sure if this number will rise in the near future.

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